Run to Win
Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.–1 Corinthians 9:24
Competition is a great thing. It can move people beyond mediocrity to greatness. The Bible is full of examples that compare the Christian life to an athletic contest.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24, Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” I like that! It’s said very simply, “Run in such a way that you may win.”
An athlete’s coaching staff has outlined the way to win the prize. The athlete’s part is to run that way. He/She needs to follow the coach’s direction, compete at the highest level of his/her ability, and invest his/her all in the pursuit of the team’s goals. As we compete today, let’s do so in such a way as to win, striving to honor Him in all that we do.
1. Do you give 100 percent in every game? in every practice?
2. Is Christ glorified through your effort on the field?
Extra Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:25-26; Colossians 3:23-24
Lord, thank You for the opportunity to glorify You through competition. Help me to give my best effort on the field, that people may see You through me. Amen.